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Scaling up experiential learning tools for sustainable water governance in India (BMZ – IFPRI Project)

Quelle: IWMI in India Flickr Photos

Quelle: IWMI in India Flickr Photos

Quelle: IWMI in India Flickr Photos

Scaling up India

“Scaling up experiential learning tools for sustainable water governance in India” is a collaborative project developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) in India, The National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).

The purpose of the project is to improve the capacities of 1,500 rural communities covering 105,000 households directly and 2,000 communities covering 140,000 indirectly in six Indian states to manage water more sustainably. This will be achieved through experiential learning from collective action games, community debriefings, and participatory water planning tools that contribute to greater awareness and improved governance, inducing behavioral change toward more sustainable water management. The experiential learning is expected to motivate communities to change behavior and adopt rules for collective water management, leading to sustainable water management and thereby contributing to the improved natural resources and ecosystem services and reduced poverty. The project builds on multi-year pioneering activities of the project partners across the globe and in India in particular, and represents an unprecedented scaling up initiative with a specific focus on governance aspects of resource management.

Official IFPRI project website   

The research team at the MLU will work and collaborate with some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the field of collective action for management of the commons (i.e., shared natural resources such as forests, rangelands, and water).

Topics include:

Behavioral impact of games for transformations towards sustainable water governance.

Here we, aim to analyze and understand the impact of experiential tools using the empirical data from the field.

Facilitating policy-institutional conditions for scaling-up experiential learning tools.

Here we aim to analyze and understand the facilitating and inhibiting policy institutional factors leading to equitable and sustainable outcomes.

Neueste Publikation

Falk, T., W. Zhang, R. Meinzen-Dick, L. Bartles, R. Sanil, P. Priyadarshini, and I. Soliev. 2023. Games for experiential learning: triggering collective changes in commons management. Ecology and Society 28(1):30.   

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